It's been 50 years since "Star Trek" made its television debut in September 1966. Since then, we've seen some of the amazing technology from the iconic show actually become a reality.
Tablet computers, smartphones (or a communicator as described on the show), and video conferencing are just to name a few. Now, another piece of futuristic technology is in the works and this one could change the world as we know it.
Recently discovered leaked documents claim that NASA has successfully built a working "warp drive." This would make interstellar travel a reality like you see in science fiction shows. Prepare for warp speed, Mr. Sulu.
What we're talking about is a technology invented by Roger Shawyer. It's called an EM Drive propulsion system. You can see what it looks like in the picture below.
The revolutionary aspect of this new propulsion system is that it does not use an exhaust system. This technology had been considered impossible because it would violate the laws of physics.
Spaceships currently are pushed in the right direction by generating thrusts. The EM Drive works by harnessing particles of light and bouncing microwaves that are in an enclosed chamber to generate thrust, which pushes the engine forward. It only uses solar power.
NASA says, "Thrust data from forward, reverse, and null suggests that the system is consistently performing with a thrust to power ratio of 1.2 ± 0.1 millinewtons per kilowatt."
With this technology, NASA says a trip to the moon would only take four hours. Humans could also reach Mars in around 10 weeks. The leaked documents claim that this new propulsion system is "consistently performing."
Skeptics aren't buying into this technology. They don't believe it could work in space because nothing is generated to push against it. This would break Newton's third law of motion, which is "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."
Just imagine if this technology actually becomes a reality. You could take a day-trip to the moon.
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